By Trey Rusk
I have been retired for two months. Between my projects, this website and travel my time is occupied. In fact, I enjoy myself immensely!
I want to touch on recent world events that have impacted how we see things and act towards each other. The last several years our nation has become divided over politics, race, gun control, abortion national security, etc. We are still in the midst of name calling and investigations.
Dwelling on these topics may cause depression and turmoil among friends and family members. I have a solution.
TAKE A BREAK!
Turn off the news and give social media a rest for a few days. I don't think we realize how much our psyche is controlled by just what we read, post and follow on social media.
Focus on family and friends, but not through social media.
I have friends that I converse with on social media sometimes daily. Some of them I have never met in person. Most of these friends are introduced to me from other friends on social media that have similar interests. This is the problem.
Our blogs, emails and other forms of communication usually focus on one topic depending on the friend I am conversing with. Current events usually influence the topics. Current events are seldom uplifting. Newspapers have a saying, "If it bleeds it leads."
For example this website is for and about first responders. Most first responders have a dangerous job. It stands to reason that there will be blogs about death. I try to temper the blog with humorous memes to lighten the topic.
If you find yourself in the dumps, do yourself a favor. Turn off social media. FB, blogs, text messages and news feeds on your devices can be an information overload.
I'm going to post a couple of guest blogs today, then I'm leaving town for a mini vacation. I was going to take my computer to stay updated on comments and contact me messages but I've decided to give it a rest.
Our house sitter is arriving tonight and I'll be back soon.
It's time to concentrate on family and friends face to face.
Editors Note: My former criminal justice professor, Howie Katz is turning 91 tomorrow. We're going to celebrate his birthday over lunch today. Face to face. Happy Birthday Howie!